The Anxiety Disorders include a cluster of disorders that share the features of fear and anxiety with related changes in behavior.
Fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived imminent threat. It is usually associated with surges of arousal necessary for fight or flight, thoughts of immediate danger and escape behaviors.
Anxiety is associated with a threat or danger in the future. Rather than the fight or flight response, anxiety is more likely to cause muscle tension and vigilance associated with future dangers.
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Anxiety disorders include a range of specific syndromes such as:
Phobia is defined as a fear about a specific object or situation.
The marked fear about any one of various social situations in which the person will be scrutinized by others. The situation can range from giving a speech, to meeting new people, to having a conversation.
A panic attack is a surge of intense fear that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. One may also experience chest pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, sweating, and a sense of impending doom.
Marked fear or anxiety about being out in public, using public transportation, or being outside of the home. A fear of open or closed spaces.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
This is characterized as excessive worry about any of many events or activities.
Closely related disorders include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder and the Dissociative Disorders.
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